Brad Gooch is the author of Flannery O’Connor’s biography FLANNERY: A LIFE OF FLANNER O’CONNOR. In describing his experience of writing the book, he says, “…I didn’t have that biographer’s being in love with your subject and then being let down or disillusioned, and indeed it worked a bit in reverse…” More
Ralph Wood is a professor of theology and literature at Baylor University and author of FLANNERY O’CONNOR AND THE CHRIST-HAUNTED SOUTH. He recalls the first time he read A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND: “…I said to myself, if I can spend the rest of my life trying to fathom a writer like Flannery O’Connor and other writers like her, I’d have my calling…” More
Father Thomas Joseph White’s decision to become a priest in the Dominican order was influenced in part by the writings of Flannery O’Connor. “Reading Flannery O’Connor for the first time did change my life a little bit. I mean it was the first time I had read a Christian thinker, or a Christian writer who I thought was impressive intellectually and challenging,” he says. More
Twenty years ago, a nonviolent movement emerged from the sanctuary of historic St. Nikolai Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leipzig. It was rooted, according to its pastor, in weekly prayers for peace and readings from the Sermon on the Mount that countered “the reality of political hopelessness.” More
On May 21, 2009 the Moroccan American Cultural Center and the American Jewish Committee sponsored an interfaith panel discussion in New York City on "Women’s Spiritual Voices: Crossing Continents, Finding Common Ground." Panelists explored the roles of women religious leaders in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
Read more of Judy Valente’s interview about Thomas Merton with Paul Pearson, director and archivist at Bellarmine University’s Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, Kentucky.